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Stop the Fracking Lies: Public and Workers Deserve Truth and Solutions About Energy

Oil and Gas Fracking

The future of the coal and fracking industries and jobs in these industries has been in the news a lot these past days. While we must be mindful of the people who currently depend on these industries for their livelihoods, the fact remains that this work is harmful. People are losing their health, the quality […]

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Earth Day 2016

Forty-five years ago communities around the nation marched to defend the earth. They brought banners, signs, chants, and a realization that environmental degradation damages every aspect of our lives and our communities. When we pollute the water, the air, and the land, people suffer – their health is impacted, recreational opportunities wane, the economy is […]

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Put That in Your Pipeline and Smoke It, FERC


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been captured. It has been captured by the very industries it is supposed to regulate–particularly pipeline companies.  It is an agency that has become so entangled with industry that it is violating the constitutional rights of communities and families across the nation. Sound unfairly harsh? Well, remember that […]

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Civil Disobedience to Battle Back the Pipelines


Every month, inside the walls of glass and concrete of a Washington, DC, office building, the the But there is a point when people get fed up and finally fight back. When they are forced to disobey unjust laws. “There comes a time when people get tired of being trampled over by the iron feet […]

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The Pipeline Web of Devastation Needs Investigation


A fast growing web of interstate pipelines to service the fracked shale gas industry is creeping across the nation capturing communities in its devastating grip.   At the center of the web is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an agency that is imbued with extraordinary power to damage lives and approve environmental damage that spans […]

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FERC & Pipelines Above the Law and Above the People


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is given extraordinary power to destroy lives and avoid many of the environmental regulations that apply to every other industry when it gives approval for construction of interstate pipelines used to transport fracked shale gas. Once FERC gives its approval to a fracked gas pipeline it anoints the pipeline […]

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Water Crisis in Flint — Constitutional Environmental Rights Needed for All


  The poison water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is a sad reminder for some, and a sore lesson for others, While freedom of speech, religion, and assembly are asserted as inalienable rights, the same cannot be said for the freedom to have clean water and air. The Michigan Constitution explicitly entrusts the legislature to “provide […]

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“Time for FERC to Pipe Down


(This blog originally printed in The Hill, Jan 2016) More than 165 organizations and 2000 concerned people from across America have sent a letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) asking for justice. Not justice for any one individual – justice for the country and the environment. As key members […]

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Environmental Rights Continue To Be Vindicated In Pennsylvania


The right to pure water, clean air and a healthy environment has been twice vindicated in Pennsylvania in this past week.  Given that environmental rights are recognized by many, including the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as inherent and indefeasible rights that belong to all people, this is good news for Pennsylvania as well as the nation. […]

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4 Environmental Questions You Should Ask Politicians Today


  Across the nation, communities are standing up for their rights to pure water, clean air, and a healthyenvironment.  People are banding together to champion for: •  Their right to have safe drinking water in their homes that is free from contamination. •  Their right to shower safely in their homes without risk of explosion […]

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